Chuck’s Classics, featuring Hagood Hardy


The Homecoming
Hagood Hardy
Canadian composer, pianist and vibraphonist. This tune was used for the 1972 television commercial for Salada Tea. Originally a hit in 1975. 1992 saw him receive the Order of Canada. Hagood died at the age of 59 in January 1997.


Chuck Benson

Chuck Benson – Started his broadcast career in 1960 as a writer at CKYL, Peace River, AB, where in 1965 he won the Gold Leaf Award (now called the Juno) for Top Disc Jockey for Canada. From there, a brief stint at CFRN, Edmonton, AB as Promotions Manager for AM/FM Radio. Then in ’62 helped open CKNL Fort St. John, BC. In ’68 Chuck and two others (Ernie Mushtuk and Ernie Mykyte) started up Yellowhead Broadcasting Ltd out of Edson, AB, eventually ending up with satellites in Grande Cache, Jasper, Whitecourt and Hinton, AB. He sold his interests and moved to Vancouver, ending up with CFVR, Abbotsford as General Sales Manager, then Manager of CHPQ, Parksville, and eventually as a Sales Consultant with CIGV-FM in Penticton. Chuck is retired from broadcasting and living with his wife in Parksville


  1. Great song..always one of my favs too….if memory serves me right..I believe it was used during a thanksgiving episode of the Waltons back-in-the-day. Thanks for sharing.

  2. The Guess Who wrote a song about Haygood Hardy and included it on their Wild Pair album. They called it Haygoode Hardy and Randy says he and Burton were fascinated by his unusual name. They met him during one of their Toronto recording sessions.


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